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IBM readies ready-to-wear PCs

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IBM readies ready-to-wear PCs

IBM is currently testing a wearable PC based on the ultraportable ThinkPad 560.

Products could be ready to release the products late next year.

The wearable PC is part of a new class of devices IBM calls EON, for “edge of the network.” EON emphasizes specialized-function devices rather than “one-size-fits-all” PC designs.

Reportedly about the size of a Sony Walkman and weighing around 1.5 pounds, the prototype is a fully functional PC capable of running either Windows 98 or Windows 2000 and associated software programs.

The wearable has a PC card slot and USB port for connectivity to wireless devices, external hard drives, or a mouse, keyboard and monitor. The primary user interface is a monocle color display worn over the eye, with input provided via a handheld mouse or using IBM’s ViaVoice voice-recognition software.

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